tkellyd wrote:Hello thenarfer:
Judging by the handle of your pot, it looks like you've got an enameled teapot and using it for a tetsubin. There is a difference. Enameled pots are not made to be heated on the stove. I am not sure how this will affect your health, but eventually the enamel will come apart from the iron.
BioHorn's pot is a true tetsubin, seen with mineral deposits. it is made to be heated on the stove.
I am not sure you can completely make that assumption based on the handle alone. you would honestly need to inspect the pot personally to figure out if it is enameled inside. While yes that type of handle is more often used on tetsubin that are enameled inside, I have seen ones with that handle that were pure cast iron.
In fact I have one with that type of handle that while it was billed as a teapot and came with an infuser basket, I really really looked at it, when I saw it in the store, and saw no sign of enamel on the inside I decided to take a 20 dollar gamble, and took it home, used it as a kettle a few times, and the inside actually started to rust ever so slightly. confirming my suspicions that it was not enameled.
So you can not tell by the handle alone, ( but I have often thought the handle would be the first place to go on my "kettle").